A grieving Doncaster woman is planning a terrifying bungee jump to ‘put the fun’ into her sister’s funeral.
Kayleigh Emmonds is hoping to raise £1,000 to pay for a permanent memorial after older sister Shelley is cremated at Rose Hill Crematorium, Cantley, later this week.
Shelley died earlier this month from pneumonia, aged 33, after battling drug and alcohol addiction for most of her adult life. She leaves two young daughters who now live with their father.
Kayleigh, a receptionist at Doncaster (Lakeside) Premier Inn, says the family have to find £5,000 for the funeral, which they will have to pay off in monthly instalments.
She said: “She left behind two beautiful daughters and a family who miss her so much, not forgetting a big funeral bill we just can’t afford, so I have decided to do a sponsored bungee jump to raise money to give my sister the send off she really deserves.
“We’re raising £1,000 to help put the fun in funeral because she really does deserve it.
“My sister was very bubbly and fun. She was always smiling, laughing and brightened up everyone’s day.
“She loved her two girls and her family more than anything, as we did her.
“We want to put the fun in funeral like she did in our lives.”
Shelley started using drugs, including heroin, from the age of 15 when Kayleigh, who lives in Hexthorpe, was just six.
Kayleigh said: “I’ve always known about her drug problems. She had been addicted to heroin for 10 years. She was in a coma two years ago with pneumonia, but got through it and went into rehab. However, whenever she got clean she got in with the wrong crowd again.
“We know she has done it to herself, but she wasn’t a bad person. She never did anything really wrong and the family have always been there for her and supported her.
“We tried to help her but nobody could force her to stop taking drugs.”
Kayleigh is planning to carry out the 160ft bungee jump at the Magna Centre, Rotherham, on Saturday, March 29, and wants to raise at least £1,000 to cover the cost of an urn for Shelley’s ashes, a plot to bury it, and a stone to mark the spot so her daughters can visit it in later life.
She said: “I’ve never done anything like this before, but it’s my idea and I hope it brings in enough money. I can’t wait to do the bungee for Shelley.
“I wanted to raise money to help my mum and make sure she has as little worry as possible at this horrible time.
“The money we raise will go towards her plot and a nice plaque for her kids to go to see her when they’re older.
“I feel strongly about the affects that addictions have on families and this has inspired me to carry on with my fundraising and help other families affected.”
By last night, she had already been pledged almost £700 on the Just Giving website, with friends such as Claire Enderby saying: “Massive good luck to the Emmonds family on raising as much as possible for Shelley. She was a lovely young lady, and her family are priceless, so please dig deep every penny counts, it’s a very worthy cause.”
n To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/kayleighemmonds